Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes is Phoebe Robinson’s latest essay collection that promises to “make you laugh until you pee a little, feel until you want to rage a little, and think until you go back to laughing a little.” We spoke with author Phoebe Robinson about the inspiration for Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes, her favorite Brooklyn bookstores, and more!
By Phoebe Robinson • Narrated by the author
“Strikes the perfect balance of brutally honest and laugh out loud funny. I didn’t want it to end.”Mindy Kaling, New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?
Please tell us a little bit about what inspired you to write this book and how this story took shape for you.
Early on quarantine, I was noticing all the funny ways my boyfriend and I were adjusting to being inside with each other all the time and I thought “Huh, that could be an essay.” Plus, the truth is I was subconsciously looking for a creative outlet since so much of my work dried up because of COVID. So as I was having all these thoughts about quarantining, the state of the world with the Summer 2020 uprisings, missing traveling, etc., I thought there might be a book if I could crack that nut. And I did, so here we are! 🙂
In two sentences or less, what’s something that might surprise Libro.fm listeners about your audiobook?
This is probably my most vulnerable book, so I allowed moments of seriousness without immediately trying to diffuse it with humor. Maturity, baby!
Have you listened to your own audiobook?
I don’t listen to my audiobooks. After writing them and spending hours recording the audiobook, I’m like…”I trust the editor. I need a break from myself.”
Are you an audiobook listener? If so, what are some of your favorite audiobooks?
I don’t listen to them that often ONLY because I love the weight of a book in my hand. I love smelling the books. Haha. Hard to smell an mp3, but when I figure that out, I’ll be audiobooking left and right.
I do love anything by Mindy Kaling! She makes me laugh so much!
By Mindy Kaling • Narrated by the author, Greg Daniels & B. J. Novak
What have independent bookstores and/or booksellers meant to you personally and professionally?
Header photo by Yavez Anthonio